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Re: Joel D. Hoy-1829-Tenn
Posted by: Carol Ricketts (ID *****1480) Date: March 26, 2007 at 19:24:47
In Reply to: Re: Joel D. Hoy-1829-Tenn by Susan Gillberg of 927

Joel Darwin Hoy and Elizabeth Huffman Eaton married in Lampasas, TX. The license was granted April 2, 1878. It is found on page 215 of the ledger in the County Clerk's Office. There were no children from this marriage. Joel Hoy and his group were attacked by a mixed band of Kiowas and Comanches in the spring of 1867 in west Texas and besieged for three days, sheltered behind adobe walls of an abandoned stage station at Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River, before they were rescued by a group of gold hunters. His wife, Susan Catherine (Kate)Presslar Hoy, reloaded guns for the men in their party until she was wounded in the hip. The four children were told to lie down in a hollow in the ground; the wagon bed was shot full of holes and the Indians made off with about 1700 head of cattle, the oxen, mules, horses and all the Hoys' personal goods. Joel Hoy spent the next two decades trying to regain compensation through the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The suit failed and he was finally ruined financially. My grandmother, oldest of the four children, was nine at the time. The Texas frontier was a wild and dangerous place.

I also have found in the Texas land records for Lampasas a document of purchase for property with the the names of J.D. Hoy and wife Elizabeth Hoy as purchasers. The property waspart of an original Burleson survey.

I was glad to read through the postings re Elizabeth and related family since I knew nothing about her until recently. If you know how or when she and my great grandfather Hoy met I would like to know more.

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